My back busted again earlier this week. No idea how or why, it just did. I had to lay down in bed or risk going down again. It’s a big bucket of suck, that’s what this is. I’m just glad it’s before Christmas and not on it like last year.
It’s a little difficult to focus on the socks’ legs and cuffs at the moment. I have to count constantly, my meds are making me tired, so I ended up casting on the sweater. I’ve already got 15cms done on the raglan and it’s a brainless matter until I reached 27cms. I’m not sure why I put off knitting a sweater for so long, socks are genuinely more difficult to make.
I’m sing the Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan pattern with my boyfriend’s measurements and Ice Yarns Fiammato (Grey) yarn to knit with. It’s going to be a plain stockinette sweater with ribbed hems on the neck, sleeves and bottom, so hopefully it knits up fast. The yarn if flammé (meaning the yarn thickness varies along the thread) which shows in the knitting, and I really love it!
I’m a little high strung this week. My cold finally pushed through and my throat is killing me. Trying to stay warm with my convector heater but it’s so-so. I’m writing my landlord next week and demand it be fixed within 14 days because these are not livable conditions.
In the meantime I’m knitting my socks. I put them on hold for a while but I worked the heel last night. I really like the Fish Lips Kiss heel, it’s convenient, easy and leaves no gaps. At least, it shouldn’t. I took up someone’s tips on knitting the Twin Stitch Purl differently than the instructions (which does look nice), but I suspect it caused the gaps on the purl sides of my socks. The knit sides are fine. I managed to fix it by picking up a stitch leg somewhere, but it’s still kind of visible. Poop. Oh well, I think next time I’ll do the side stitch with the original TSP rather than my modified one. I think that ought to fix it in future socks. (Which I’m planning a lot of!)
I didn’t use a silly cardboard template (seems kind of atrocious to me, once I know someone’s measurements I can work the sock according to my gauge). Just CO 20 stitches with this yarn and these needles, increased to 70, knit 22cm (which is up to my ankle bone, 5cm away from the back of my heel), started the heel, and now I’ll knit the leg until I’m almost out of yarn; finishing up with a 1″ rib edge.
My foot measurements are 27-28cm in length and 24cm circumference at the largest part of my foot. So far the sock first perfectly. 🙂 And no need to worry about whether or not I’ll have enough yarn left, thanks to knitting toe-up!
What project is on your needles right now?
This means only 50 more rows to go.
I’m going really slow on this one. Double knitting is quite a fussy job when you have to separate the threads you’re working with and turning them over and back repeatedly. 25 stitches take me almost 10 minutes!
With my schedule being a super big mess, I’m a little less focused and more tired than I should be. I made some mistakes but went back and fixed them before I got too far.
So far, so good. 🙂 The design doesn’t look weird (yet?) so I’m hopeful the raster was okay after all.
With my biggest project to date behind me, I decided to find a new challenge.
I didn’t realize this was possible until yesterday, until I stumbled upon this sweet looking thing.
And then it struck me: I can do the same with the RP Repository‘s logo! I just needed to cram everything into a pixelated raster so I could count the stitches and rows and work it nicely. Then my boyfriend told me he could do it for me. (He’s the best!)
Please click & read description for information on usage of the pattern
And this is the result! 🙂 I have 2 rows done (not counting the cast-on row) and you can already see the bottom of the shield peeking through. It’s 52 stitches wide (to account for 1 extra stitch on either side) and it will be 65 rows tall, not including the cast-on and cast-off rows.
I used this tutorial on Youtube to learn how to double knit, in case anyone else wants to learn it too:
Don’t forget to follow up with Part 2 and Part 3!